Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin’ Hopkins embodied the blues. His singing, guitar playing, his physical appearance, personality, and demeanor, were the blues. One of the most recognizable bluesmen to come out of Texas, Lightnin’ Hopkins went on to stake out an enduring and productive career with his own spontaneous and eclectic style of haunting vocals and accompanying guitar.

Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, on March 15, 1912. After his father died in 1915, the family (Sam, his mother and five brothers and sisters) moved to Leona. At age eight he made his first instrument, a cigar-box guitar with chicken-wire strings. By ten he was playing music with his cousin, Texas Alexander, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, who encouraged him to continue. Hopkins also played with his brothers, blues musicians John Henry and Joel.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

1 Photos

Albums

[no cover]
The Blues
Tradition
1971
buy
The Best of Lightnin' Hopkins
The Best of Lightnin'...
Arhoolie Records
1969
buy
[no cover]
Lightnin' Strikes
Tradition
0
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

B.B. King B.B. King
guitar, electric
Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf
vocalist
Memphis Slim Memphis Slim
piano
Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt
guitar, acoustic
Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Broonzy
guitar, acoustic
Sleepy John Estes Sleepy John Estes
guitar, acoustic
Elmore James Elmore James
guitar, slide

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.